To celebrate our 11th week of e-learning, the Government announced that the lockdown was finally over in Hanoi.
We are beyond thankful to the Government for his management of Covid19.
Our expat family has always feel safer in Vietnam than back home, because we knew there would be no discussion of the Government decisions.
Collective interest always primes over the individual.
People are not discussing the closing of schools or businesses for months. They are not sneaking out to meet up with their friends because it’s too boring to stay in (only foreigners would dare).
They comply with the authorities, totally.
Most Vietnamese live with their extended family and are aware of their protection duties. Denouncing is not a bad word here. You are encouraged to denounce people you see violating the rules (not wearing mask, wandering out for non essential business ..). It’s totally accepted because it is seen as a way to protect the society. Not a privation of your basic rights.
We do have masks in Vietnam, they come in all shapes, forms and color. This is because Hanoi is one of the most polluted town in the world, so everybody is used to wearing masks, adults and kids alike. There are days when it is so polluted that kids are not allowed to go outside. So you know that too.
Eventually, we hear so much about Europe being so unprepared. Lets just remember that Asia has experienced SRAS a few years ago.
Vietnam has been living by example and again, we are very grateful for the chance to live here in those challenging times. But please French revolutionary peeps, ask yourself if you would have played by the rules.